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Arnold (Arnie) Addison Resident of Los Gatos Passed away peacefully on March 1 at his home in Los Gatos, at age 83. His legacy includes pioneering achievements in the automobile industry, leadership and philanthropy in the local community, and devotion to family and friends. Arnie graduated from the University of Illinois in 1951 with dual degrees in marketing and accounting. Afterward, he enjoyed a storied career in the automobile industry-from retail to wholesale, from leasing to finance, from Chicago to California. A natural entrepreneur, he became a pioneer in the automobile leasing industry. Then, in 1970, he moved on to found Bay Cities Auto Auction, which grew to become one of the ten largest automobile auctions in the country. Arnie was also recognized as a Bay Area authority on classic and antique cars, and appeared on numerous radio talk shows. He loved collecting and restoring classic cars and counted among his favorites a 1927 Jordan Playboy convertible, a 1940 La Salle convertible and a 1931 Cord Boattail Speedster. Always willing to share his ideas and expertise to help others, Arnie served as President of the Western Automobile Auction Association and was twice elected President of the National Auto Auction Association, where he also served on the board for many years. Throughout his life, Arnie generously contributed to his community. He believed that his purpose on earth was to help others, and demonstrated this belief through compassion, leadership and charitable giving to numerous organizations. He was a driving force in building Congregation Beth David and the Jewish Community Center in the Silicon Valley, contributing vision and financial resources for both. He loved how these institutions could bring individuals together and enrich their lives. The Addison-Penzak Jewish Community Center stands as a legacy to his commitment to community. Maintaining an unwavering belief in the goodness of people throughout his life, Arnie constantly reached out to friends with phone calls, visits and financial aid to those around him. Family was paramount. One of his proudest accomplishments was creating the annual Addison Family Reunion, now a 25-year tradition. Through its inception, he wanted generations of cousins to come to know one another and share a sense of family history and identity. His greatest joy were his grandchildren, with whom he shared an immeasurable bond, and who were the light of his life. Arnie once wrote, "My life has been a great adventure for me. I have always tried to handle myself with class and abide by the creed, 'My word is my bond.' I have tried to pass on that way of living to everyone around me." Arnie Addison is survived by his wife, Cookie; his children, Robin Sabes, Alana Addison, and Steve Addison; and his grandchildren, Ilana (Aaron) Bergstrom, Michael, Elisa, Rachel, and Nicole Sabes. A funeral service open to the community will be held at Congregation Beth David, 19700 Prospect Road in Saratoga, on Tuesday, March 5 at 11:00 a.m. The burial will take place immediately following at Los Gatos Memorial Park in the Shalom Gardens at 2255 Los Gatos Almaden Road in San Jose. After this, there will be a memorial celebration honoring Arnie Addison's life at the Addison-Penzak Jewish Community Center, 14855 Oka Road, in Los Gatos. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to the Addison-Penzak Jewish Community Center, or a . SINAI MEMORIAL CHAPEL, REDWOOD CITY
Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Mar. 5, 2013
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